Mint employee charged with smuggling $180k worth of gold in rectum


OTTAWA (CNN) – A Canadian man is going to trial for allegedly smuggling gold out of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Leston Lawrence, 38, is accused of stealing $180,000 worth of gold pucks. They say he smuggled them out of the Mint by putting them in his rectum.

Prosecutors say alarms would sound each time Lawrence tried to pass through security, but when guards patted him down, they didn’t look up where the sun doesn’t shine.

Prosecutors say Lawrence then traded the gold for cash at a mall in Ottawa.

A bank teller reported his unusual transactions to police, which sparked the criminal investigation.

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